It’s a rare combination: Surf and ski in the same day. Who thought it would be possible to lasso that unicorn in Northern Vermont?
On paper, Jay Peak’s 50,000-square foot Pump House Indoor Water Park is a headscratcher. How does that fit at a resort adored by core skiers? Then we visited in late December. Less than ideal conditions sent us inside for hot chocolate, poutine, and a trip to the new water park.
The Pump House is in the Jay Hotel, meaning you can walk from your room to the cabana in a swimsuit. Inside, surfers ride the Double Barrel Flowrider and spiraling plastic tubes spit out kids screaming in delight.
Once you adjust to the plethora of pale skin and hibernation weight (hey, it was the holidays), the Pump House is a down-day smorgasbord. Soak in indoor and outdoor hot tubs, try some warm-water soloing at the pool with a climbing wall, tube the lazy river, or kick back at the bar and restaurant. Being raised Jay now means stifling screams on La Chute, a slide that drops you 60 vertical feet in six seconds.
Beyond the glass ceiling and walls (which retract in warm weather), the snow swirls and skiers load the lifts. It’s still Jay, with waves. —Olivia Dwyer
Visit jaypeakresort.com for ski, splash, and stay offers.